If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.
Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then moved to the horizons beyond.
At 17 he signed his first recording contract, and one year later his first album Pres de Paris won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.
Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today", Pierre Bensusan was voted "Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008" by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique. There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more.
"An artist of superlative imagination and technical skill, who has produced just about the best testimonial yet for the remarkable range of the acoustic guitar." – Acoustic Music
"With a rare elegance, Pierre Bensusan measures every detail of tone, articulations and counterpoint in pieces that cover a lot of geography. The sounds he makes are ravishing." – The New York Times
The evocative and exciting music of Pierre Bensusan is presented in its full glory in this 75 minute concert recorded at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California in 1995. His diverse influences yield a sound and style that confounds classification and has thrilled and captivated audiences around the world. Pierre's name has become synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius.
Titles include: La Femme Cambrée, Wu Wei, Bamboulé, Au Jardin D'Amour, Cordillière, Slow Air, The Last Pint, Awali, Agadiramadan, Four A.M., Montségur and Around The Day In 80 Worlds
Bonus tracks: Pierre talks about his life, music and influences.
Running Time: 75 minutes
Review: Great Concert. This concert video reveals the incredible depth of this master of fingerstyle guitar. The camera work and sound are both execellent and combine to produce one of the best concert videos I own. I have followed Pierre's music for years, yet I have never been able to see him live. This video, I think, is probably better than a live performance because you are right there with him, sitting in front of the guitar. What impressed me most after watching the video was seeing the incredible viruosity with which Pierre performs. The guitar is his tool he uses as as he seems to explode with music. This video is a winner. – Marshall Henrie/Amazon Customer Review